Telstar satellite, 170 lbs, receives signal from Andover Maine, retransmit to Cornwall in Europe, launched on Delta rocket for ATT at cost of $50 million, pictures of ground station (either Maine or Cornwall), 1st TV pictures of dome at Andover transmitted (partial newsreel)
The earth station in the newsreel is the At&T station at Andover Main. The initial link was actually to France, Pleumour Bodeau because the UK site, Cornwall, known as Goonhilly, because got their antenna polarization wrong but the French got it right.
This excellent newsreel depicts the development and launch of the communications satellite Telstar in 1962. Great footage of the night launch of Telstar atop a Thor missile. There is also some nice control room footage, including a view of the historic first TV satellite transmission (American flag).
February 23, 2006 Subject:
Satellite TV, Cel Phones, and Internet (but Not International Understanding) Brought to You by Telstar
Early 60s newsreel documenting the launching and testing of Telstar, the first communications satellite. This has great historical value, and is fun to watch as well, featuring animations of radio waves bouncing off the satellite, footage of it being built, and footage from the first satellite television broadcast. It also gives a fairly accurate prediction of such satellites encircling the earth, except for the part about it increasing international understanding.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.